The Best of the Bob Crewe Generation: Music to Watch Girls By

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Singer/songwriter and producer Bob Crewe kept quite busy through the 1950s and into the mod and swinging 1960s, scoring numerous hits with his solid production on several successful Four Seasons and Mitch Ryder projects. He got to step out into the public eye on his own a bit in 1967, though, when he heard a jingle demo for a Diet Pepsi spot called "Music to Watch Girls By" and quickly rushed into the studio to record a big-band, horn-driven instrumental version of it. Released under the group name the Bob Crewe Generation, the track went Top 20 on the Billboard charts, and Crewe went on to record three albums of similar fare under the titles Music to Watch Girls By, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Singer/songwriter and producer Bob Crewe kept quite busy through the 1950s and into the mod and swinging 1960s, scoring numerous hits with his solid production on several successful Four Seasons and Mitch Ryder projects. He got to step out into the public eye on his own a bit in 1967, though, when he heard a jingle demo for a Diet Pepsi spot called "Music to Watch Girls By" and quickly rushed into the studio to record a big-band, horn-driven instrumental version of it. Released under the group name the Bob Crewe Generation, the track went Top 20 on the Billboard charts, and Crewe went on to record three albums of similar fare under the titles Music to Watch Girls By, Music to Watch Birds By, and Let Me Touch You on his own DynaVoice imprint before the decade ended. This compilation collects the best cuts from those three albums, plus scattered soundtrack pieces and the 45 single-only "Miniskirts in Moscow" to make what amounts to an hourlong cocktail party for time traveling swingers. Crewe's head arrangements he couldn't play an instrument or read or write music, opting to sing out the various parts for his musicians are full of expansive horn charts and big, bold percussion shifts that at their best make a perfect 1960s statement, all grin-and-wink bombast that still somehow manages to knowingly parody itself on selections like "Theme from A Man and a Woman," "Music to Watch Girls By" included here in both the stereo album and mono single versions, the Barbarella theme, and the bubbling and chiming "Brother Dan," which even works a theremin into the mix. Deliberately campy, these tracks have a bigger than life, infectious gait to them, and once you give up and surrender to what sounds like the loudest, boldest cocktail party in history, they're a whole lot of fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206670325
  • Catalog Number: 066703

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Crewe Generation Primary Artist
Bob Crewe Indexed Contributor, Tambourine, Foot Stomping
Phil Bodner Saxophone
Urbie Green Trombone
Dick Hyman Keyboards
Bernie Leighton Keyboards
Chuck Rainey Bass
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Gary Chester Drums
Bobby Gregg Drums
Robert Maxwell Harp
Wayne Andre Trombone
Seymour Barab Cello
Stewart Clarke Viola
Harold Coletta Viola
Burt Collins Trumpet
George Devens Percussion
Lewis Eley Violin
Paul Gershman Violin
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Al Gorgoni Guitar
Mickey Gravine Trombone
Louis Haber Violin
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Julius Held Violin
Phil Kraus Percussion
Leo Kruczek Violin
Bhen Lanzaroni Keyboards
Bill Lavorgna Drums
Joe Mack Bass
Charlie Macy Guitar
Joseph Malin Violin
George Marge Saxophone
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Charles McCracken Cello
Romeo Penque Saxophone
Raoul Poliakin Violin
Alan Raph Trombone
George Ricci Cello
Al Rogers Drums
Margaret Ross Harp
Buddy Salzman Drums
Alan Shulman Cello
Irving Spice Violin
Louis Stone Violin
Mel Tax Saxophone
Joe Grim Saxophone
Lou Mauro Bass
Joe Shepley Trumpet
Al Brown & His Tunetoppers Viola
Marky Markowitz Trumpet
Vinnie Bell Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Jackie Gleason Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Bob Crewe Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
David Nadien String Contractor
Francis Lai Composer
Georges Auric Composer
Sandy Block String Contractor
Roy Cicala Engineer
Gordon Clark Engineer
Hal David Composer
Hutch Davie Arranger, Composer
Jacques Demy Composer
Charles Fox Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Evren Göknar Mastering
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Sandy Linzer Composer
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Gene Orloff String Contractor
Sid Ramin Composer
Denny Randell Composer
Andre Michel Salvet Composer
Bill Szymczyk Engineer
Mel Tax String Contractor
Jerry Keller Composer
Pierre Barouh Composer
Bob Lifton Engineer
Tommy Moeller Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Marty Wekser Producer, Mastering
William Engvick Composer
Geoff Stevens Composer
Raymond Bloodworth Composer
George Schowerer Engineer, Tray Photo
Charles Philip Fox Arranger
L. Russell Brown Composer
Brian Parker Composer
Ron Harris Cover Photo
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